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Daniel Simon

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S12, SB12, SM12

Further personal information

Residence
Berlin, GER
Languages
German, English
Higher education
Management - Berlin School of Economics and Law: Germany

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began competitive swimming in 2004 in Darmstadt, Germany.
Why this sport?
His teacher advised him to take up a sport and he decided to begin swimming because this seemed the most obvious choice for his abilities.
Club / Team
VSG Darmstadt [GER] / Berliner Schwimmteam [GER]:
Name of coach
Phillip Semechin, GER, from 2016

International debut

Year
2006
Competing for
Germany
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Durban, RSA

General interest

Hobbies
Playing video games. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the S13 50m freestyle at the 2009 World Short Course Championships in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2018)
Most influential person in career
Triathlon coach Vito Consalvo and coach Matthias Ulm. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2018)
Hero / Idol
Italian swimmer and actor Carlo Pedersoli [Bud Spencer]. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2018)
Awards and honours
In 2012 he received the Sportplakette [Sports Plaque] of the state of Hessen, Germany. (schwimmen.dsw-1912.de, 08 Dec 2012)

In 2011 he was named the Athlete of the Year in the Para sport category by the Olympic Sports Federation of Hesse, Germany. (olympische-ballnacht.de, 25 Oct 2011)

In 2010 he was named the Athlete of the Year by the Para Sports Federation of Hesse, the Olympic Sports Federation of Hesse and in his hometown of Darmstadt, Germany. (paralympic.org, 14 Jan 2011)

He was received the Sportplakette [Sports Plaque] of the city of Darmstadt in 2004 and 2005. (abteilung-schwimmen-germany.de, 18 Mar 2010)
Other sports
He has competed in Para triathlon at national level. (t-online.de, 26 Apr 2011; triathlon-darmstadt.de, 18 Aug 2006)
Impairment
He has Stargardt disease, which causes progressive vision loss. (echo-online.de, 18 Aug 2012; t-online.de, 26 Apr 2011; Athlete, 20 Aug 2018)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Swimming World Championships Eindhoven 2010 (Eindhoven, Netherlands)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Freestyle S13 Final Round 8
Men's 100 m Butterfly S13 Heat 1 3
Men's 100 m Butterfly S13 Final Round 6
Men's 100 m Freestyle S13 Heat 1 2
Men's 100 m Freestyle S13 Final Round 7
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM13 Heat 2 3
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM13 Final Round 6
Men's 50 m Freestyle S13 Heat 1 2
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Backstroke S13 Heat 2 9999
Men's 100 m Butterfly S13 Final Round 7
Men's 100 m Butterfly S13 Heat 2 2
Men's 100 m Freestyle S13 Heat 1 6
Men's 50 m Freestyle S13 Heat 1 3
IPC Swimming World Championships Durban 2006 (Durban, South Africa)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 5,000 m Open Water Final Round 30
Men's 400 m Freestyle S13 Final Round 8
Men's 400 m Freestyle S13 Heats 8
Men's 100 m Freestyle S13 Heats 10
Men's 100 m Butterfly S13 Final Round 5
Men's 100 m Butterfly S13 Heats 4
Men's 100 m Backstroke S13 Final Round 7
Men's 100 m Backstroke S13 Heats 7
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 400 m Freestyle S12 Heat 2 2012-08-30 4
Men's 400 m Freestyle S12 Final Round 2012-08-30 6
Men's 100 m Butterfly S12 Heat 1 2012-09-02 4
Men's 100 m Butterfly S12 Final Round 2012-09-02 7
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM12 Heat 2 2012-09-03 5
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM12 Final Round 2012-09-03 7
Men's 100 m Freestyle S12 Heat 2 2012-09-04 5
Men's 100 m Backstroke S12 Heat 1 2012-09-05 5
Men's 50 m Freestyle S12 Final Round 2012-09-07 7
Men's 50 m Freestyle S12 Heat 2 2012-09-07 2
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB12 Heat 1 2012-09-08 5
2013 IPC Swimming World Championships (Montreal, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Freestyle S12 Final 1 2013-08-12 7
Men's 100 m Freestyle S12 Heat 1 2013-08-12 8
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM12 Heat 2 2013-08-14 7
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM12 Final 1 2013-08-14 7
Men's 50 m Freestyle S12 Final 1 2013-08-15 6
Men's 50 m Freestyle S12 Heat 2 2013-08-15 4
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB12 Final Round 2016-09-13 7
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB12 Heat 2 2016-09-13 4
Men's 50 m Freestyle S12 Heat 2 2016-09-17 3